Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Sewasaurus' Dream

I got back to SF from Hawaii yesterday to find the most amazing package waiting for me:

Caution! Danger! Warning! Keep Out! 

Seriously, you guys, could this sheet be any more perfect?? I love me some dinosaurs, and I was totally obsessed with Jurassic Park when I first saw the movie; throw all of that onto my yardage of choice and you get a squealing Cationess. Many, many, many thanks to Devra, Oona, Sonja, Christine, Wanett, and Lauren for thinking of me at your super-fun NYC sewing blogger meet-up! If only I could traipse around with you all and meet Kenneth King...in the meantime, I'll be more than satisfied with trying to decide what to make from this. Any ideas, dear readers, about what silhouette/pattern would do this sheet justice?


My mom, upon seeing this picture: Why didn't you blow dry your hair
so that you wouldn't look so messy?
 
Oh and hey, did I mention that I got to go to Hawaii for spring break? Mr. Cation and I decided to take advantage of the fact that this is the last spring break we'll ever have together, because once he graduates, well, I hear they don't have spring break in the corporate world. I've been in school for so long (whether as a student or a teacher), I don't even know how to function without a week off in spring and two weeks at Christmas, never mind the two whole months of summer break! Anyway, since our last two trips were to the UK, Mr. Cation demanded suggested that we try a vacation someplace tropical, where there aren't fifty museums and castles to be seen. Normally, I wouldn't go for someplace with quite so much sun and outdoor activity, but I'll confess, Leimomi's posts about Hawaii singlehandedly changed my mind. I know, I must be the only person in the world not initially excited about going to Hawaii.

Please don't hate me for saying that I prefer the V&A to this. 

Well, somehow I managed to drag Mr. Cation to several historic locations/museums, so that more than made up for all the lying around on the beach. Actually, we spent very little time on the beach; mostly we just ate really good food.

Mission Houses in Downtown Honolulu. We couldn't take pictures inside, but I got really excited to see the Regency and Romantic era clothing and textiles that they had on display. 
Mr. Cation: I thought this was going to be a beach vacation. Why are we at a historic cemetery?  
The history lessons continue at the Pearl Harbor Memorial...  (can you believe how blue the water is??)
...and at the Bishop Museum
Kahili on display in the gorgeous Victorian building from the above photo, where all the Hawaiian historical artifacts are housed. Thanks to The Dreamstress, I knew what I was looking at, and the significance of it.  
Also at the Bishop Museum: a lava pouring demonstration! At 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, we could feel the heat from where we sat. If I had seen this earlier in my life, maybe I wouldn't have been so dismissive of earth science. 
I'm pretty sure that drinking from a coconut is a required activity for tourists.
Hey look, it's my pleurosis tee, with nautical linen pants -- hello, button overload!
Red velvet + milk tea + cherry cola shave ice as big as my head.
About five minutes after this picture was taken, the extremely top heavy ice tipped over. Mr. Cation and I tried to catch it with our hands (not our brightest moment), but alas, we were left with a sad mess on the sidewalk and hands that were covered in brownish-red drippy chunks, not unlike this picture of Sherlock. It looked like we had reached into someone's abdomen and tried to pull out chunks of intestine. 
Unrelated to anything: I saw this sign while walking around and totally thought it was a store called "Complex Ions." Got really excited until I realized that "Complexions" probably made more sense.


And to wrap up this miscellaneous assortment type post: congratulations to Emily Allred, winner of the Drape Drape book! Please contact me at cationdesignsblog [at] gmail.com with your mailing address so that you, too, can start pointing at random objects!


36 comments:

  1. Love your pictures from Honolulu! I went last year and fell head over heels in love with Oahu. That shaved ice looks AMAZING but I can see why it toppled over so quickly - the heat sure melts it quickly!

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    1. I was happily surprised by how much I liked Oahu! I've always thought I wasn't a tropical vacation person, but I think all the shave ice won me over ;)

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  2. Oooh! Looks like you had a lovely vacation. How nice of your hubby to whisk you away.

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    1. It was definitely whisking -- I turned in my grades for third quarter not eight hours before we left!

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  3. That looks like an awesome vacay! And I most impressed by your ability to find rad museums and historical sites to visit- my kind of holiday!

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one who looks for history and museums for vacation!

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  4. Hahahaha you are so delightful to read! And I want that ginormous shaved ice, even if I have to use my hands like a bowl so I don't lose it.

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    1. Unfortunately, we learned that hands don't make very good bowls for ice. Ah well, it just means that we need to go back and try again!

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  5. we all breathed a very serious CATION when we saw that sheet. which one of us had the mental power to actually ship it?

    i'm liking the horror story feel you've brought to an island paradise. hellish lava photos. gory head sized ice cream. frizzy hair. yes.

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    1. Can I put that down as a talent on my CV? That I can make even Hawaii sound like a less than dreamy vacation?

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  6. Looks like a great vacation! Only a mum would think about blow dried hair on a beach. Doesn't she know tousled beach hair is a desirable look? Funnily enough your hair looks better than mine when it *has* been blow dried!

    Can't wiser to see what you do with that sheet!

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    1. Seriously, only mothers would be paying attention to that kind of thing! And I can only hope I come up with something worthy of the sheet's awesomeness!

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  7. What great photos! I'm glad you did something fun with your last spring break together. Good luck with the sheet - obviously it's awesome but the overall rectangle pattern is thwarting my attempts at thinking of what it is meant to become. I'm sure you'll figure out something fantastic, though!

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    1. I think I'm more confused by all the colors...but thanks for pointing out the rectangles too, maybe that's a better jumping off point!

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  8. Oh, that sheet is beyond awesome! I have a great '60s dress pattern that would be great for that print! Email me your measurements because I bet the alterations I made to my tracing of it would fit you too (I think we are about the same size). I'll send you a sneakpeak of the dress I made with the pattern and if you like it, I'll mail you a copy of the pattern. (The sheet would also look great as a full skirt gathered at the waist & you might have enough for both dress & skirt.)

    What a nice vacation! Beautiful photos!

    ~ Brooke

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    1. I just realized that you could do something with that "caution!" part of the sheet for whatever you decide to make with it. Just pinch the "u" out and you will totally personalize it - lol!

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    2. ZOMG that is brilliant, Brooke! I am totally going to do that.

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  9. I've never been on a beach-y vacation, but it looks like you had fun (and managed to do some cultural-type stuff as well).

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    1. Is it silly that I was really scared of a beachy vacation being too boring and intellectually un-stimulating? At any rate, it turned out just fine...give it a try some time! :)

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    1. Yaaay I'm so glad someone appreciated that!

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    2. I'm a polymer engineer hehehehehe!

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  11. I love that dinosaur fabric!!!

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    1. Isn't it awesome? I feel so lucky to have gotten it!

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  12. Oh yay, so glad you like the sheet! I have it's mate in my possession... can't decide what to do with it, either! :)

    What a fun vacation! Thanks for sharing your photos!

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    1. ZOMG I sense a Jurassic Park sewalong!!! Consider this a challenge ;)

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  13. Hey! I live on Oahu! So cool! Hope you had a chance to check out the fabric shops, they have awesome Japanese and Hawaiian fabrics here. :)

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    1. Oh man, I could've seen you and not known it! Unfortunately, we didn't look at any fabric stores...this was supposed to be a beach vacation and I'm afraid I was already pushing it with the museums we did go to; a fabric store would've been too much for Mr. Cation!

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  14. If only popping over to Hawaii was easy from here! It does look like a fantastic holiday and you look great on the beach, perfect holiday hair. And that sheet is amazing! I know you'll do something awesome with it.

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    1. For some reason I assumed that NZ to HI would be easy, since both are part of the original Polynesian culture...just goes to show how much I know!

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  15. I love your Jurassic Park sheet, so nice of the NY group to send it to you!
    Great Hawaii pics, I would have never guessed there were so many historical sights and museums to see!

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    1. I was seriously floored by their kindness in thinking of me, too! And yes, I think my husband was surprised by all the history I managed to drag us to ;)

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  16. Now I'm getting excited a out visiting Hawaii. Glad you're enjoying your visit!

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  17. Ohhh I would be jealous if I wasn't off to Hawai'i myself next week! Great minds surely do think alike!

    I can not wait to see what happens to the sheet :)

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  18. Well, I suppose since you weren't around to shop with me in LA, at least you were in Hawaii! I'm glad you had a nice vacation! But be warned: Hawaii is addicting. It took me until 2 years ago to get there for the first time, and the only place I've wanted to vacation since has been Hawaii again. I highly recommend Kauai for your next trip :)
    And I too have the requisite drinking-from-coconut picture, as well as a companion picture of said coconut in our rental car's cupholder!

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